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zaterdag 14 januari 2017

Thundersnow

In the UK, winter has arrived, with frosty nights and chilly days. And now they are even expecting thundersnow. Ever heard of that? It’s really rare. Someone filmed it near Chicago some winters ago.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • phenomenon - an interesting fact that is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully
  • visibility - the distance people can can see as determined by light and weather conditions
  • plows - vehicles used for clearing snow from a road, driveway, etc.
  • bolt - a bright line of light that appears in the sky during a storm; a flash of lightning
  • springtime - the season that follows winter
  • tricky - difficult
  • unstable - changing all the time, not fixed
  • muffled - of sounds: not loud because of a wrapping or some other sort of blocking; muted
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What is “thundersnow”?

  2. What is the tricky part for making thundersnow happen?

  3. Can you hear the thunder clearly during thundersnow? Explain your answer.


Extra reading assignment
  1. Read this article about all sorts of winter storms.
  2. List all the weather phenomena described in the article.
  3. Find a picture and/or video of each weather phenomenon.

Fun fact: While this post is being written, actual thundersnow is happening outside.

donderdag 12 januari 2017

Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket wrote 13 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events. Very strange things happen in these stories. Netflix has now turned them into a TV series. The TV series hit the screens this month.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • unfortunate - very unlucky, miserable, really bad
  • misfortune - bad luck
  • despair - the feeling of no longer having any hope
  • rife with misfortune and despair - full of misfortune and despair
  • guardian - someone who takes care of another person
  • chores - small jobs that have to be done regularly
  • wretched - very badf
  • secret codes - symbols, letters, numbers, and such used to secretly send messages to someone
  • in disguise - wearing strange clothes or other things so that people will not recognize you
  • hunt down - keep looking for someone and find and capture them
  • expedition - a journey by a group of people for a specific purpose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What does “perish” mean?

  2. Who is Count Olaf?

  3. What does Count Olaf want from the Baudelaire children?

  4. Why do the children have to flip the hourglas (zandloper a couple of times?

  5. Would you like to watch this series? Explain your answer.

Extra reading assignment
Are you more a bookworm? If so:
1. Check out the Unfortunate Events books from your library.
2. Start reading.

donderdag 5 januari 2017

Happy New Year!

How did you ring in 2017? People have different New Year’s traditions around the world. The video zooms in on a famous one.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • annual - happening once a year
  • nationwide - all over the nation or country
  • possum - buidelrat
  • get the ball rolling - get an activity, process, event, tradition, etc. started
  • de-calibrate - lose calibration (exact adjustment) and therefore become less accurate
  • eventually - in the end; at some later time
  • fast-forward - move forward through time quickly
  • opt for - choose for
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Name three North American New Year’s Eve traditions.

  2. When did the Royal Navy start using the ball on a flag pole to set their clocks?

  3. Who started the tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve on Times Square?

  4. In what year was the first New Year’s Eve ball dropped on Times Square?

  5. What was different in 1942 and 1943? And why?

Extra listening assignments (A2)

Click here for a previous video plus assignment on the celebration at Times Square.

Watch this, this or this previous video plus assignments on New Year’s resolutions (and how to keep them).



CES 2017

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an international event that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES introduces amazing innovations. This year: Virtual reality shoes! Chris Foxx tries them on.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • VR - short for “virtual reality”: an artificial world of images and sounds created by a computer
  • convincing - causing someone to believe that something is true or certain
  • gear - supplies, clothes and such needed for a special purpose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What kind of surfaces does Chris Foxx test with the VR shoes? 

  2. How do they work?

  3. Does Chris find the VR shoes experience convincing?

  4. Why would someone want VR shoes?

  5. Which other sorts of gear are used to play video games?

donderdag 15 december 2016

Moose Warning



A moose is a large deer. A male moose is called a bull, a female moose is called a cow, and a young moose is called a calf. A group of moose is called a herd. The plural form of moose is "moose."
This week, people in Canada were warned about moose licking cars. These moose can get aggressive.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • catch on - learn or understand something
  • potassium - a mineral that the body needs to work normally; found in (dried) fruits, all sorts of vegetables, and more. kalium
  • calcium - another mineral that the body needs; found in milk, cheese and such, also in nuts, beans, broccoli, and more.
  • magnesium - and yet another important mineral; found in nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, yogurt, dark chocolate, and more.
  • popsicle - a piece of flavored ice or ice cream on a stick
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. “Our little calf is catching on pretty quick.”
    Explain what this sentence means.

  2. Why do the moose like to lick the car?

  3. Is it healthy for the moose to lick the car?
    Explain your answer.

  4. “It’s like my car is a popsicle.”
    Explain what this sentence means.

Leading the Change

December is the month for looking back on the past year. Good things happened, but also a lot of sad things. Take gun violence. In 2016, gun violence in the U.S. has killed over 6,000 people and injured thousands of others. 16-year-old Chris Suggs decided it was time to fight back.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • heart wrenching - very sad, twisting at your heart
  • have/take a toll - have a serious, bad effect on someone
  • your peers - people belonging to the same age group or social group as you do
  • fed up - very tired of something or angry about something that has gone on for a long time
  • affiliated with - closely connected to
  • root cause - the very first cause or source of something
  • instill - gradually cause someone to have an attitude or feeling,
  • found - begin or create something that is meant to last for a long time
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.




  1. What were Chris Suggs’ personal reasons for founding Kinston Teens?

  2. What does Kinston Teens do?

  3. What do the police think of Kinston Teens?
    Explain your answer.

  4. Why should “young people need to lead the change”, as Chris puts it?


donderdag 8 december 2016

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

December is gifts month. When you don't know what to give, you can always give a gift voucher.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • gift voucher - cadeaubon
  • cheese junkie - kaasgek
  • awesome - supergoed
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What do you learn about Cat?

  2. What do you learn about Mouse?

  3. In the video, who makes money? 

  4. And who saves money?

Giraffes

This week, giraffes were in the news. It just showed that making headlines isn't always a good thing.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mammal - a type of animal that feeds milk to its young, usually with hair or fur covering most of its skin
  • extinction - the state or situation that results when a plant or animal species has died out completely
  • dramatic - sudden and extreme
  • poaching - catching and/or killing animals illegally
  • civil unrest - a situation in which groups of people in a country fight one another
  • declining numbers - fewer in total
  • crop fields - fields on which farmers grow plants
Before you watch the video
  1. Read the definition of “mammal”.
  2. What are land mammals? And sea mammals?
Now read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many giraffes were living in 1985?
    And in 2015?

  2. Name two reasons why the giraffe population has declined.

  3. “But it’s not all bad news ...”
    What’s the good news?

donderdag 1 december 2016

Big Hairy News

13-year-old Tyler Wright hit the news this week. He won the record for the world's largest male afro.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • afro - hairstyle in which very curly hair is shaped into a smooth round ball
  • height - a measurement of how tall something is
  • width - the distance from one side of something to the other side
  • circumference - the length of a line that goes around something or that makes a circle or other round shape
  • outdo - do better than someone else
  • gasp - breathe in suddenly and loudly with your mouth open because of surprise or shock
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What inspired Tyler to grow his hair?

  2. What are the measurements of Tyler’s hair?

  3. Does Tyler wear the afro every day?

  4. According to Tyler how did winning the record change his life?









Fake News

Some say, fake news reports had a big influence on the presidential elections in the US. True or not, these days fake news is all over the news. Though actually, it has been around forever.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • snippet - a small piece of information or news
  • dodgy - false or dishonest
  • suss - suspicious; causing a feeling that something is wrong

Before you watch the video
  1. Discuss or write down what fake news is according to you.
Read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name 2 or more reasons why people create fake news stories.

  2. In the video you can hear a lot of fake headlines. Name 3 of them.

  3. What actions are Facebook and Google planning against fake news postings?

  4. Repeat the three things you can do to spot fake news.

Extra writing excercise
1. Write three catchy fake news headlines.

Extra extra writing excercise
1. Pick a fake news headline from the video or one of your own.
2. Write a fake news report to the headline.

donderdag 24 november 2016

NoDAPL

Seven months ago, Sioux tribes set up camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. And they’re still there. It all has to do with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The two Native American girls in the video describe what’s going on.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pipeline - line of connected pipes that are used for carrying liquids, such as oil, and gases over a long distance
  • significance - special, important meaning
  • compassionate - having or showing a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
  • sincere - honest, real and genuine
  • compromised - damaged, weakened or brought into danger
  • violate - ignore in an unfair or illegal way
  • treaty - an official agreement between two or more countries or groups
  • indigenous - living or existing naturally in a particular region

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is the Dakota Pipeline?

  2. Why is Lake Oahe so important for the people living in North Dakota?

  3. What are these people afraid will happen to the lake?

  4. What is the special significance of the land surrounding the lake for these people?

  5. How do they call themselves?
    Why this name?

Extra reading and writing assigment
Make a timeline of the protests at Standing Rock.
Put your internet searching skills to work to find all relevant information!

Extra listening assigment
1. Listen to Kendrick Eagle's message to President Obama.
2. How come Kendrick knows President Obama?
3. What is he asking President Obama now?

Birdbrain

Figaro is a Goffin cockatoo. So are Dolittle, Pipin, and Kiwi. Researchers in Vienna discovered that these birds are quite smart.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • larch wood - wood from a type of tree that is related to pine trees
  • skill - a particular ability
  • transfer a skill - use a skill for a different purpose
  • twig - a small branch of a tree or bush
  • cardboard - a stiff and thick kind of paper
  • beeswax - wax made by bees, used for making candles and other products
  • trim - cut off parts to get the shape you want

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. The Goffin cockatoo is compared to a human child of what age?

  2. How did Figaro learn to use tools?

  3. How did the other cockatoos in the experiment learn to use tools?

  4. All four birds get a piece of larch wood, a twig, some cardboard, and beeswax.
    For each material, name how many birds could change it into a tool.
Extra question
Do you know where cockatoo Dolittle got his name? If not, find out.

donderdag 17 november 2016

Setting a Record

This week, Simon Barry managed to receive a Guinness World Record’s title.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • in the process - while doing something
  • thrill-seeking - looking for action packed with excitement and extremes
  • dunk - dip a peace of food quickly into coffee, milk, tea, etc. before eating it
  • otherwise - differently
  • nail it - do it exactly as you should or want to
  • settle your nerves - make your nerves calm again
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What did Simon do to receive a Guinness World Records title?

  2. How long was Simon’s bungee chord?

  3. Explain this sentence: "Although it may look easy, Simon says otherwise."

  4. What advice does the voice-over give at the end?

Thanksgiving

On 24 November 2016, people in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving. For many Americans this holiday is just as important as Christmas. They get together with family and friends and have a special dinner.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mix-up - a mistake caused by confusion about something
  • random - without a particular plan or pattern
  • chance encounter - a meeting that is not planned or expected
  • blow up - suddenly become really large or important
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What happened to Jamal in class?

  2. How did Jamal at first explain the mix-up?

  3. What will Jamal be doing on 24 November?

donderdag 10 november 2016

Emojis

The Museum of Modern Art is in New York. This museum now has the original set of emojis.
Watch the video to find out more.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • acquire - buy
  • original - made or produced first
  • cell phone - mobile phone
  • self-explanatory - easy to understand without explanation
  • confined to Japan - only in Japan
  • jack-o'-lantern - a carved pumpkin lantern, typical for the holiday of Halloween
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many original emojis are there?

  2. The national phone company introduced the first emojis in what year?

  3. “Emoji” is a combination of two Japanese words.
    What do these two Japanese words mean?

  4. In what year did people outside Japan start to use emojis?

  5. How many emojis are there today?